giveaway : shop for tots playhouse

posted on: Monday, April 30, 2012

With cooler weather comes more inside time. Unfortunately with our boisterous preschooler, inside time sometimes leads to stir crazy time, so when Shop For Tots told me about their fold-out playhouses I was very, very interested.

I waited for one potentially boring Sunday when the Mr was studying and the preschooler was lolling around listlessly, angling to watch more TV to announce that it was cubby time and pulled out the surprisingly light package -- the house is made from a cotton blend and folds up smaller than a pillow -- and draped it over our dining room table. It was a hit.

I helped the preschooler drag in some blankets and pillows to set up his house and he really enjoyed all the ‘real house’ features like the door, the mesh windows, curtains, letterbox (he promptly made a letter to post) and storage pocket for little toys on the inside the house. Being a lover of detail, he also approved of the three birds that dot the exterior of the house and the flower print fabric skirting the bottom. He gave the birds names and proclaimed the flowers, 'lovely!'

One challenge we encountered came in the form of the enthusiastic baby space man crawling inside to hang out with the kiddos. This resulted in the preschooler wanting him to stay in there all day instead of playing independently. Ay, yi, yi.

I carefully sidestepped this challenged the next time we pulled out the house by suggesting it could be for kids only.

The preschooler jumped right on board with this idea and proceeded to make all manner of signs (drawing: try to stop him) letting us know that there were ‘no grownups allowed.’ Perfect. He also let his sister be a guest. She’s not totally au fait with cubby house etiquette (she tried to eat it) but he let her in all the same. Super cute they were.

I like that the My Playhouse Adventures Domestic Adventures cubby is designed and hand sewn in Australia and also quite like the new Mechanical Adventures cubby which would be ideal for wee car enthusiasts. Of course, after receiving the playhouse I had to peruse the Shop For Tots website and got quite distracted by the plethora of fun goodies, from sweet clothes to fabulous pretend play items like the house, all waiting to be snapped up. One to bookmark for Christmas shopping I think!

And Shop for Tots are giving away one My Playhouse Adventures Domestic Adventures cubby valued at $189 AUD to one lucky baby space reader. Hoorah!

To enter simply:
1. Like Shop for Tots on Facebook.
2. Like, or already be a liker of baby space on Facebook, or a follower of baby space through Google Friend Connect.
3. Leave a comment on this post telling us who in your life would love this playhouse and why.

And PLEASE leave your email address with your comment or email it to with your comment username so we can contact you if you are the winner. Good luck!

This giveaway is open internationally. Winner will be chosen by random generator on 15th May 2012. If the winner is not contactable within 24 hours the giveaway will be redrawn.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. Congratulations Natalie from 'The Nappy Spot'! 


  1. My two year old daughter would love this adorable play house because we live in such a small place it would be perfect for her.

  2. Bron! Are you kidding? Let me count the ways. Toddler obviously would love it for gorgeous make believe but I believe the ninja and cowboy could put it to good use as a base too. The Big Fella might crawl in there for some peace and I'm thinking it could go to friends' houses too like a cravanski! Nice find!

  3. Little Miss A would love it.
    But you know what? So would I!

  4. We make our 18 month old son cubby's under the table using sheets- a house would be much better! Love this! (I have a Google account and am I liker of Baby Space on Facebook)

  5. My two little girls would adore this, especially now heading into winter. As would my gorgeous husband who is home with them 3 days a week and always looking for entertainment ideas!

  6. WOWSERS!!! This is just insanely amazing! I would love love LOVE this for little Avalon {and maybe for myself!} such a gorgeous little play area :)

    Great giveaway Bron!
    Angie x

  7. Am thinking that Saskia might like a chew of this too ;)
    (Thanks Bron)

  8. Wow Bron! It's possible I need this to crawl in to at the moment- 7 months pregnant and seriously in need of my own 'time out'! Having said that, my lovely little girl would be over the moon with this as well.
    Thanks heaps!

  9. Um... AMAZING!! I was so excited to see this, Would LOVE this for my nephew who turns 1 in June.

  10. My niece, Poppy (2yo), would love this playhouse! She created a great cubby with her dad at Easter out of pillows & blankets, but I think this could be an extra special place and she could share it with her brother and cousin (both 3 mths) later on

  11. I cannot believe my luck! I was just looking at these the other day! And that this is open internationally! A super bonus day!

    Well... do I even need to tell you how much Stella and Ruby would LOVE this? They have been playing for months in a large box with blankets draped over it. I thought it was going to be a fast obsession but it continues to be used everyday. Ruby is quickly becoming Stella's shadow and are playing together so amazingly. (Remember Ruby is just 16 months!) This would be their dream come true to have something that amazing detailed, to help their sisterly bond continue to grow through play. PICK US!!

  12. this is amazing! My 4 year old daughter will love spending time in this. She has such the imagination and I can already see her pretending to play house, or school or princess!

  13. I have two little girls that LOVE to make forts. Mommy isn't so good at making them. :) This would make life much easier and it would help them play together more.
    They both love make believe and would use this item everyday. I think I wouldn't have a dining room anymore if I won it!

  14. I have an 18 month old boy who is about to become a big brother in a couple weeks- this would be a special space for him to enjoy (until little brother is big enough!)

  15. Oh my goodness I love this playhouse so so much and perhaps even more than me is my 2.5 yr old who loves little dark places so he can take his torch in and 'explore'. He loves sitting and doing puzzles and looking through books and this would be perfect. (Especially seeing as our home is the size of a shoe box, it makes perfect sense to use the dining table as a play place! Thank you for this opportunity!!! (I have 'liked' on fb)

  16. This play house is darling! I would love to be creative in it with my baby girl Eliza, especially during the cold winter days in Utah.

  17. My little guy loves exploring and "hiding" so this would be perfect for him!

  18. My 2 year old twins would love this as a space to hide from their new baby sister!


  19. The Preps and 1/2 students in my joint classroom would love this cubby. I teach in a low socioeconomic area so my kids don't have these type of things at home and our budgets don't stretch to something this amazing. ATM they love crawling under a desk that has a blanket put over it in order to snuggle up with a cushion and a good book. I'd love to see their faces when they walk in to see this setup in the classroom for them.
    Crossing my fingers the random generator picks us.

  20. I would love to win this for my little girl!

  21. My two daughters 4.5 and 3 yrs old would love this we currently put blankets and sheets over the dinning room table to make the cubby house!

  22. I know my two girls would adore this! .....but I also know an amazing mother and good friend of mine with three kids, they would totally enjoy a bit of sunshine like this in their lives at the moment.

  23. Our granddaughters would love this...WOW what a fantastic give away.Actually our little grandson would be in there like a dirty shirt. Oh what a great times they would have.

  24. I liked baby space on facebook under the name Cathy Fischer

  25. I liked Shop for Tots on facebook under the name

    Cathy Fischer

  26. Liked and liked! I would love this playhouse mostly but because I think it may be the distraction I need for my 22months molars and living in a very rainy and cold places PLEASE pICK ME!! X Ashley

  27. How adorable! I have a very imaginative 3 year old daughter who would live in this! Seriously, she would want to sleep in it and play in it all the time. Her soon to be sibling would love it as well! Our backyard would love it and our living room as well! Needless to say, this adorable playhouse would be LOVED in our home.
    We would be so lucky and happy if we won.
    liked both baby space and shop for tots. ;-)

  28. My;) xx

  29. well if we won this, maybe our 4 year old would stop dragging cushions and blankets from one end of the house to the other to set up a cubby house. Who i am kidding???

  30. This is an amazing prize! What a fantastic prize to encourage my daughters amazing imagination and allow her to explore a new little world.

  31. Like both pages and follow Baby Space via GFC too.
    My whole family would love to play in this cubby house (mum and dad especially!). How much fun would it be reading books inside, bringing in toy friends and having a picnic. We would all have a blast - so many possibilities to extend the imagination and just have fun together.

  32. Fantastic giveaway!
    Like both pages on fb and follow baby space through GFC.
    Love to win this Playhouse for my little daughter (3 years old)


    anna_k67 at yahoo dot com

  33. Fantastic giveaway!
    Fan on Fb and follow via GFC
    I would love to win this playhouse for my little daughter (3 year old)


    anna_k67 at yahoo dot com

  34. My little 17mo daughter would LOVE this! Oh.. and so would I :) we'd have so much fun playing in it. I think we'd be using it for years.. I love that it folds up so small, fantastic for storage when not in use!! (not sure how often that would be though..!)

    natalie_bond85 {at} hotmail {dot} com

    liker of both fb pages :)

  35. That's a beautiful playhouse! My 5-year old daugher is just in the period of making playhouses under the tables and she will love it! Radmila,

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